Global Anti-Americanism Declining

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Which countries in the world hold favorable views of the United States? Where is anti-Americanism most prevalent?

The Pew Research Center conducted a survey revealing global views toward the United States from 43 countries, and the results show that, unlike 10 years ago, anti-American sentiment is not on the rise.

The ten countries that hold the least favorable views toward the United States are Egypt (where only 10% of respondents hold favorable views of the red, white, and blue), Jordan (12%), Pakistan (14%), Turkey (18%), Russia (23%), Palestine (30%), Greece (34%), Argentina (36%), and Lebanon (41%).

The ten countries that hold the most favorable views toward the United States are the Philippines (92%), Israel (84%), South Korea (82%), Kenya (80%), El Salvador (80%), Italy (78%), Ghana (77%), Vietnam (76%), Bangladesh (76%), and France (75%). Interestingly, the United States holds less favorable views of themselves than both Israel and the Philippines (82% of Americans hold favorable views of their own country).

Regionally, Africa holds the most favorable views of the United States (74%), followed by Europe (66%), Asia (66%), and Latin America (65%). The Middle East holds the least favorable views of the United States (30%), far below any other region.

Overall, the respondents of all 43 countries surveyed express a 65% favorable view of the United States.

Despite recent issues over NSA spying, increased immigrant deportations, and increased drone strikes overseas, the United States’ global reputation has done well. That is not to say, however, that those issues are doing the United States any favors—spying and drone strikes are viewed as highly unfavorable by the majority of respondents in nearly all the countries surveyed.

The Pew Research Center summarizes the U.S. reputation during the past 15 years: “At the beginning of the century America was seen favorably by majorities in most of the countries … Over the next few years the bottom fell out of U.S. approval numbers, amid widespread opposition to the war in Iraq and other aspects of U.S. foreign policy. America’s image began to rally in some nations and to soar by the end of the decade following the election of Barack Obama, at least in Europe and parts of Asia and Latin America. After slipping a bit again in the first years of this decade, brand U.S. has stabilized and even recovered in a few nations in 2014.”

One of the biggest drops in U.S. favorability is in Russia, where recent issues such as LGBT rights and Russian-Ukrainian hostilities on the Crimean Peninsula have caused frosty relations between the old Cold War rivals. U.S. favorability dropped 28 points to 23% in Russia during the past year.

One of the largest increases in U.S. favorability occurred in Palestine, where U.S. favorability is up 14 points during the past year to 30%—on par with the Middle East regional average.

China is the most indifferent country toward Uncle Sam, splitting 50-50 on favorable-unfavorable views of the United States.

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